Mosquitoes are annoying any time of the year, but they really can spoil a summer night. Spray repellents may work, but they usually leave you feeling like you just swam through an oil slick.

Planting rosemary and lemon grass around the yard will help repel mosquitoes, but one of the most effective ways to get rid of them is by erecting a bat house in your yard. Bats eat an astounding amount of mosquitoes; and they aren’t the notorious, vicious monsters often depicted in the movies.

In addition to eating thousands of flying insects each night, bats also deposit guano—one of the best fertilizers you can use for your garden. Just be sure to place the bat house in a far corner of your yard, and then leave them alone.

Before long, you just might have your own personal pest control service.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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